Saturday, June 26, 2010


MAXMOM here...
Dear friends!

There is one thing I have learned over the past month and that is...

We might become disappointed at the failures which we see around us, but our pride and patriotism remains. We always want the best for our own country! 
During this amazing SOCCER WORLD CUP period this sentiment is fast becoming our common link.

Although SOUTH AFRICA is host country we are embracing ALL our visitors and extending our hand of hospitality to everyone - either in our own country or across the media to those who are watching. We all have our humanity in common!
Today I am so proud of being part of my own beautiful rainbow nation and I invite you to become part of our rainbow people too!


I was so touched a couple of days ago when I received an email entitled:
"It doesn't matter that we didn't win"
The history behind this viral email can be read

The message behind this beautiful email is so strong that I decided to put it up on my blog.  If you haven't seen it yet, please scroll up to the top of this blog and take a look. It's message is far-reaching and within a couple of hours it was circulating widely around the internet. I feel so strongly that it matches perfectly to the ethos behind my own "UNITY IN DIVERSITY" campaign and I am sure it will touch you too. Please take a moment to look at certainly is worth it!

So yes, I am proud to be a South African!
...And Yes...I am proud to have made friends with so many people from across our beautiful world.  We are all different - in culture, religion, race, language and thinking, but what a blessing at this time to be able to celebrate our common humanity...

(Wishing all the teams in the final 16 the best of luck!!!
We are watching you all and celebrating with you!!!)
Sending lotsaluv to all my friends across the globe as well as a big "Thank you" for allowing me insight into your own beautiful countries!
I am so blessed!


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your post and the video are a great way to start my day! I hope all the kindness, friendship and goodness that people have found at the World Cup and its events will continue long after its over!

Scout and Freyja said...

Our world has become smaller - easier to travel and to understand - as a result of the World Cup 2010 and your Unity in Diversity campaign. If enough of us throughout this beautiful world of ours extend our hands in love and friendship it will not matter what the politicians think or do because it will be us, the citizens of the world, who create a global morality!

GO USA! Bafana! Bafana!

Jake of Florida said...

We're so glad you posted the video -- it expresses the best of the best good sportsmanship and good will!

These are the true values needed to maintain the spirit of unity in diversity.

And you look so cute -- or as Khyra would say, khute -- with your flags and vuvuzelas!!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

houndstooth said...

It seems every day, in so many ways, our world is becoming smaller. When I was a little girl in school, it never occurred to me that one day I would have a best friend in Sweden or be able to talk to people around the world from places I'd dreamed of seeing, but would probably never go. I always love meeting new people from new places, because it makes me feel like I've become just a little bit closer to somewhere else. That and maybe I'm just naturally really curious or nosy! lol

Ms. ~K said...

Yes, we're all here on the same "rock" and should learn to understand and respect each other. Thank you for bringing so many of us together here in love and friendship!

Unknown said...

Oh, I got tears in my eyes watching that video! So proud to count you as my dear friends in South Africa. Hope to be able to tell you that face-to-face someday...

Until then...

Your pals,

Petey and his Mom

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a beautiful video!! We love it. We love our friends all over the world. We are all together as one! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Unknown said...

Here is my other blog which addresses "unity in diversity." thanks to you all:

Valerie Cummings said...

Friends have no boundaries! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Golden Samantha said...

What a wonderful post, incredible email and video/slideshow - tremendously moving. We have nothing but incredible admiration for being such absolutely awesome hosts for the global event. So sorry we've been MIA for a while - it's been a bit nuts around here, but so glad we could get by today - spectacular post! Thanks for spreading such joy (and some leakiness!)
Big Hugs xoxoxoxo
Sammie and Mom

sprinkles said...

I've really enjoyed this whole Unity in Diversity and will be sad when it ends. Thanks for sharing the video. We may not have won the game but we've won so much more!

Lorenza said...

I loved the video!
Thanks for sharing it!
Happy Saturday!
Kisses and hugs

Anonymous said...

Oh Caryl,

Just a beautiful video!! We loved it!

You are the BEST!

Hugs, Tessa

George The Lad said...

Well you can be very proud of your country, from your posts I have got a very different feel about South Africa, and you have been such great hosts. Thanks for all the updates, which without I would not have learned so much.
See Yea George and Jan xxx